Upcoming Talks

All presentations are at 7 p.m., the 4th Tuesday of the month

Due to COVID-19, our monthly talks are currently being delivered as webinars over Zoom
Please register by e-mail at northdurhamnature@gmail.com if you are interested in attending

Speaker Schedule

April 27, 2021 - Wild Algonquin with Michael Runtz - Webinar
May 25, 2021 - Bats, the Canadian Bat Box Project, and White-nose Syndrome with Karen Vanderwolf - Webinar
June 22, 2021 - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt with Victor Doyle - Webinar
October 26, 2021 - Secret Lives of Spiders with Catherine Scott - Webinar

Continue below for descriptions of each:

April 27, 2021 - Wild Algonquin
with Michael Runtz -Webinar

Michael’s association with Algonquin spans nearly 50 years. He has explored the far corners of this famous park and has interacted with, and intimately photographed many of the wild species found there.  He hosted the international television series Wild by Nature, authored and illustrated 14 natural history books including Algonquin Wild.  In addition, Michael has written more than 1,100 natural history articles for newspapers and magazines. When not roaming the wilds, Michael teaches Natural History and Ornithology courses at Carleton University.

May 25, 2021 - Bats, the Canadian Bat Box Project, and White-nose Syndrome
with Karen Vanderwolf - Webinar

Bats are amazing! But these animals, so critical to our environment and economy, are declining in Canada and abroad. Join bat expert, Karen Vanderwolf from Trent University who will teach us about the wonders of bats, and how their survival is threatened by a deadly fungal disease, White-nose Syndrome. Karen will also explain how the Canadian Bat Box Program is working to conserve bats so our night skies will remain full of these fascinating flying mammals.

June 22, 2021 - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt
with Victor Doyle - Webinar

Ontario’s Greenbelt, including the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, plays an integral role in conserving Durham Region’s rich natural heritage and biodiversity. Victor Doyle will provide historical and factual insights into the creation of these plans as they apply to the regional landscape while identifying ongoing challenges and opportunities.

From 1988-2017 Victor was at the epicenter of designing and implementing provincial plans in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Best known as the “architect” of the Greenbelt, he was also instrumental in developing the Oak Ridge Moraine Conservation Plan, Growth Plan and Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

October 26, 2021 - Secret Lives of Spiders
with
Catherine Scott - Webinar

Spiders are not so well known as insects but there are so many species and so many unusual aspects to their lives.  This presentation will probe into what makes spiders special and explore the life histories of several species.

Dr. Catherine Scott is an arachnologist and behavioural ecologist whose research is focused on the behaviour and communication of black widows and other spiders. A former arachnophobe, she is passionate about trying to shift perceptions about these fascinating creatures.

To read about our past presentations click here,
and check our recorded webinars on our YouTube page.

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